By Claudio Morrison
This e-book charts the studies of a fabric firm in Russia throughout the Nineteen Nineties, analysing post-Soviet administration and managerial practices as a way to remove darkness from the content material, nature and course of commercial restructuring within the Russian privatised region in the course of the years of financial transition. in keeping with broad factory-level fieldwork, it focuses upon adjustments in possession, administration and labour supplier, unveiling the advanced texture of social, communal and gender family members within the office over a longer time period, together with via concern and financial disaster, acquisition through new capitalist proprietors and tried restructuring. It argues, opposite to dominant Western managerial theories which blame the failure of transition at the irrationality of Russian managerial options, that the reason for the continuing reliance on Soviet period managerial practices lay within the atypical kind of social family members within the place of work which have been attribute of the Soviet method. It engages with key concerns, frequently ignored within the literature, comparable to social domination, energy and clash, that seize the frustrating and open-ended personality of social and fiscal transformation in post-Soviet construction. It demonstrates that faraway from an easy transition to a industry financial system, the post-Soviet transition has reproduced many of the beneficial properties of the outdated Soviet approach, together with its styles of labour kin.
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In the Western world, marketing, public auditing, the pressure of the public and not least internal informational needs have all led enterprises to produce extensive informational material and adequate structures to process and circulate it. On the contrary, Soviet tradition is particularly notorious for resisting any external scrutiny. Enterprises in the past were quite cautious about disclosing any information which could jeopardise relations with overarching state institutions, particularly because they systematically concealed resources so as to avoid tightening of plan targets.
These analyses led to the conclusion that: the planning mechanism did not provide an effective framework to regulate the Soviet economy; managerial behaviour was a rational response to the set of constraints and opportunities in which they operated. The inconsistencies of planning favoured the idea that the Soviet economy could be better-described as an administrative–command system rather than as a planned one. Administrative methods were the actual means by which resources were allocated. Ministries, the bureaucratic machinery that functioned as a mediator between political decision-makers and the production units, played a Transition and the Soviet legacy 39 dominant role in the running of the economy.
Such questions have obviously been asked before; hereafter we 32 A Russian factory enters the market economy shall review the arguments put forward in fieldwork-based pioneering works which appealed to me for a certain similarity of circumstances with the present research. Economic marginality and social relevance: what can Ivanovo textiles teach us? Most research on Russian industry has focused on strategic objects such as the Soviet ‘crown jewels’ in the aerospace or military–industrial complex, the powerful energy sector or the emerging private sector.
A Russian Factory Enters the Market Economy by Claudio Morrison